From the Chief

Welcome to the Harbor Police Department!

The Harbor Police Department is a unique maritime law enforcement agency focused on protecting the Port of New Orleans gateway, our tenants, and the community. As we celebrate Maritime Month and National Police Week, we are proud to reintroduce our specialized police force to the community with our new website, enhanced social media engagement and other initiatives.

In my first year as HPD Chief, I am proud of our accomplishments as a department —the implementation of the body-worn cameras for all our officers, the introduction of the Special Response Team, our increased efforts in community engagement, and our robust recruitment and training efforts. We are actively working to educate the public about HPD and our role in protecting the working river front and our communities.

Looking ahead, we continue to look for talented people to join our team. We are proud of our latest recruitment video which showcases our divisions and provides an up-close look at our multifaceted team on land and water. If you are interested in joining a law enforcement team unlike any other, then HPD is the force for you.

Finally, I’d like to take a moment to recognize our officers who go above and beyond to carry out the mission of HPD of protecting our gateway and community. HPD’s motto is Honor, Pride, and Dedication, and our team of brave officers embody that motto 24/7. We are proud of the work that we do each day to ensure that one of the nation’s busiest ports is also one of the safest.

Chief Melanie Montroll